‘Synethesia’ is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.
The artist’s “Space Synapse” series evolved from the earlier “Synapse” series which explored among other sources of inspiration, neuropsychology and an attempt to balance opposites within negative space.
He was trying to analyse why he was seeing a colourful mandala, (a configuration of symbols in spiritual traditions, like hinduism and buddhism), of shapes, while meditating and as someone who lives with a neurological condition known as Synethesia, he was imagining morphing geometric shapes while listening to music.
The creation of the “Space Synapse” series allowed him to further his exploratory art interests in quantum physics, astrobiology and celestial navigation. The foundational artistic techniques he developed for the “Synapse” series evolved into more complex asymmetrical geometric symbols and shapes, allowing his art to develop in new directions for the “Space Synapse” series.
To the artist this series represents a collection of re-charted maps in an attempt to capture the designs he glimpsed while meditating or during harmonically inspired synethesia repose.
Scott views the incorporation of crushed asteroid dust into the textural fabric of the paintings, as imagining the rock’s molecular memory from its deep space journey, lasting perhaps millions of years, which is then encapsulated in some form within the “Space Synapse” works.
Michael Craig Makoure Scott. (1967 – )
The New Zealand artist held his first solo exhibition in 2001 following his time spent working in the art department for the movie “The Lord of the Rings”. His initial interest and inspiration was derived from his country’s Maori ethnicity with his first exhibition titled “Koru” which translated means “New Beginnings” in the Maori language. His second exhibition was titled “Dream Waka” and celebrated the sea voyages of exploration undertaken by the early Maori settlers. Several more exhibitions were inspired by his continued interest in local ethnic origins, his deep religious beliefs and his growing interests in quantum physics, astral navigation and astrobiology.
These celestial inspirations are magnificently depicted in the “Space Synapse” series consisting of 10 multi-media works.
Brian Ivon Jones.
23rd September 2021.
London and Shenzhen.